Of all the nonprofits in Atlanta and the surrounding areas, Refuge Coffee Co. may just be one of the most unique.
The Clarkston-based coffee shop and 501c3 has a mission that gives back in more ways than just caffeinating the general public (and that’s a public service in itself, let’s be honest).
“Refuge Coffee Co., a 501c3 non-profit business, exists to serve the global community in Clarkston through coffee-related job creation, job training, social networking, and commerce.”
Located in an old, re-purposed gas station, the shop is an inclusive space for the entirety of the Clarkston community. Refuge’s doors are closed to no one.
They have also repurposed old trucks in order to provide their trademark “Coffee Truck” service.
The shop also hosts events that bring together our community’s minorities and create safe spaces for healing, gathering and growing. This includes everything from events for our Muslim community to providing their coffee truck to events that other, worthwhile organizations are holding.
As the name suggests, refugees are at the heart of what the organization strives to do. They employee refugees and others in need of work in the community. Read more about this here >> The Work Ethic of a Refugee
“We dream of a more vibrant Clarkston, one where refugees have opportunities to thrive. Where they move from survival in their first days here to building a life. Where people from greater Atlanta and beyond discover the multi-textured beauty of a global culture right here in our own backyard.
We believe in the resilience of our refugee neighbors. We see incredible strength in our barista/trainees. Our goal is to join in the task of empowering our refugee friends to use their many gifts to help us create refuge.
One day soon, we hope to see Clarkston emerge as a destination, a richly-textured “village” where people who live in greater Atlanta and beyond come to experience a dining, entertainment, and shopping experience created by a robust collaboration between immigrant and American business owners.”